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  1. Welcome Caroline! Your first Tsuba seems to be signed “小田原住正(勝)作”, (Odawara jū Masakatsu saku). Not sure about the second character of the smiths name (only the left radical is legible), so I’ve put it in brackets. Will try the second one this evening, if nobody chimes in….
  2. Looks like “正阿弥重信” (Shōami Shigenobu)!
  3. Hmm…can only trace both in Edo or Nara…? Sorry for taking over the kabuto-thread, Alain! We should discuss this elsewhere…
  4. Seems to be signed “壽命” (Jumyō) “十六年”
  5. Yes Luc, although we don’t know the original from author (Matsumiya Kanzan) but we know that the copies bearing mistakes, I doubt that is the case in this respect. That makes the problem even more interesting… So I’m afraid we have to shed some light on the Nara based katchū-shi at that time (that said, a lot of translation work ahead )
  6. Hi Alain, yes, I know the entry about the subject in the copies of the "Meikô zukan" and I think the popular belief is based on the information given in "this book" (or better in the copies and their copies... ). Also Iida san's book relies on this work. What makes me wonder are two "facts". 1. It is said that the Iwai (岩井), going back to Yozaemon (与左衛門) and Genbei (兵衛), been made mainly two styles of menpô. The Oie-bô and the Etchû-bô. Like mentioned in the MZ. Well, that means, that they had focused on the one hand of the high quality (and rarely seen) Oie-bô and on the other hand of the Etchû-bô. An menpô in a competely diffrent form, adorned with yasurime (the Hosokawa thing) and executed in diffrent qualities. Thus totally contrary to the fine and feminin Oie-bô, IMHO. 2. The latter ones, or at least the basic shape of this type are seen very often. Therefore it can be assumed, that they were made in large quantitys, probably during the whole Edo period. Admittedly, also without their trademark, the yasurime. The above in turn forces the comparison with the so called Nara-bô of the Haruta (春田) school. A "mass produced" menpô which could be adepted to the respective customer's request. Unfortunately, almost all extant specimens are not signed. That makes an accessment considerably more difficult. Furthermore, and that is my main problem, the few signed pieces all refer to Haruta...
  7. There are obviously many designations out there for this kind of me no shita men: Etchū-men, Yasurime-men, Iwai-men (which variation ever), Hineno-men (never heard that before)…..etc. It’s a bit confusing, isn’t it?! To make things even more confusing I like to claim, that there is not a single evidence, a least as far as I know, that these masks are in some way related to the Iwai-school of armor makers. If somebody has profunde information towards a connection with the Iwai, please share here and we can probably lifting the mist around this pieces….
  8. That’s right! Also in this category of men seldom seen… At least equally interesting is the missing ase nagashi no ana 🧐
  9. Welcome James, your sword is a Wakizashi and seems to be by “Kanesada”. Signatur reads “和泉守兼定作” (Izumi no Kami Kanesada saku).
  10. “興亜一心” (Koa isshin), Barry. Spring (春) 1943 癸未 昭和 18,
  11. “Masked Warrior” in the background…cool 😎
  12. Seems he made several with the same shape....
  13. Thanks a lot! May I see also the underside, without the ase nagashi-no-ana?
  14. Hmm, after some hours of digging I in fact came across something.... Not saying it is a useful evidence, but at least a connection to the family in question. Although I'm not good (ie. totally incapable) when it comes to sôsho, it seems that the uppermost mon referes to "Ikeda Mitsumasa" (光政 - however, spelled diffrently) Does it become more interesting....
  15. Hi Alain, can I have some more pics (different angles) of the menpō. I’ve been dealing with this kind of men for quite a while…
  16. Hi Alain, I’m almost convinced it’s an Korean hachi! The mon is more tricky. I’ve checked my mon-books (admittedly a little shallow) without getting a connection. Well, that means not much, but you also shouldn’t “blindly” trust the net in this case. Let me dig a bit deeper as soon I can get some spare minutes tomorrow….
  17. uwe

    What is this?

    Yep….🤓 I’m aware that are several Jingasa with this feature out there and I see a fair chance that we can also put this “item” in the jingasa drawer. On the other hand, it seems not practical for this purpose and looks quite heavy….. Do we have the weight of it Brian?
  18. uwe

    What is this?

    In this particular case it’s even more difficult to date (although gut feeling says late Edo)….. Well, we have an kasa jirushi no kan, so it’s at least a helmet. Maybe a view inside brings some enlightenment?!
  19. uwe

    What is this?

    Hmm, noticing the lack of an koshimaki, I would follow Ian’s thought. Probably an kawari-jingasa with Korean bonds?! I saw one once before but can’t remember were and how it was described…
  20. I think “義忠” (Yoshitada) “昭和二十年三月” (March 1945)
  21. Really interesting helmet Alain! However, couldn’t find a reference for “Ikeda” at first glance…
  22. I've learned that it sometimes depends on the guys at the custom office, their knowlegde and will to cooperate (or listen). Everytime I pick up an item of the same category I get a diffrent "ID number". So a lot of negotiations are necessary....
  23. Yup, thanks for sharing Volker!
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